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BEETS: THE FORGOTTEN VEGETABLE

BEETS: THE FORGOTTEN VEGETABLE

BEETS: THE FORGOTTEN VEGETABLE By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT   Beets are so incredibly versatile, delicious and incredibly under used in the day to day diet. They come in a wide variety of colors and sweetness and can be prepared in a number of 

RSV- Respiratory Syncytial Virus

RSV- Respiratory Syncytial Virus

RSV- Respiratory Syncytial Virus Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND   I wanted to begin our series on respiratory health by talking about something that has been all over the news lately. And that is RSV. But what exactly is RSV? RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. 

Heart Health: The Complete Summary

Heart Health: The Complete Summary

Heart Health: The Complete Summary

Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

 

I hope this series on heart health has been both informative and interesting! While I took the time in this series to review some rather severe heart conditions I also wanted to do a quick summary on what steps you can take before these concerns develop or to help slow down their progression once you are diagnosed with them.  Let’s start at the beginning shall we? Many of the risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure, high cholesterol have few if any symptoms. That is why I always recommend going to your doctor and getting routine blood work as a first step to staying healthy.  The next step in getting our heart healthy is to do a life style review. Do you smoke? Drink alcohol to excess? Have a standard American diet? Do you have poor sleep habits? Be honest when you write down the risk factors you may have. Remember we can only help you if you are completely honest with us. As we always say there’s no judgement here! The next step is to talk to family members and find out what may or may not run in your family. Lastly before you visit or call an Invite nutritionist it is a great idea to make a list of any and all supplements as well as medications that you are taking. Once you haves all this information an Invite nutritionist can help get you on a protocol made just for you. For now I’ll just review a few of my personal favorite tips to help heart health.

  • Life style changes! Working on our life style is never easy but it is one of the most important ways to positively affect both our heart health as well as our overall health.  One of the best ways to help our heart is to stop smoking. It is also important to decrease alcohol intake. Reducing stress and increasing the amount/ quality of sleep you are getting can also help our heart.  (1) L-Theanine has been found in studies to help with both stress and anxiety! When used at night it can also help to improve sleep.  (2) Magnesium has also been found in studies to help with both cortisol (stress related hormone) and sleep. (3) Now I know what you are thinking – can I use both these things at the same time? Yes you can! The next life style change that can help our heart is maintaining a healthy weight. (1)  For some amazing tips on this topic please check out Allie Might’s blog Weight loss tips and tricks.
  • Studies have found that a Mediterranean diet is very good for our heart health. In fact the more closely the diet is followed the better the outcome that was experienced. (4) During this series I wrote about Invite Reds and Greens Hx. If you look at my blogs on these 2 items you can easily see how these powders are full of heart health nutrients! In addition to Reds Hx and Greens Hx, we can’t forget my personal favorite, Beets Hx! These powders are chock full of fruits and vegetables which is a large part of the Mediterranean diet that has been studies for so many different health concerns.(5)
  • Resveratrol is one of my number 1 supplement recommendations for heart health. I know when most people think of Resveratrol they think of it for anti-aging. However Resveratrol has been studied and found to have numerous benefits when it comes to heart health. For example Resveratrol has been found to help with the symptoms of heart failure.  Resveratrol has also been found to help with coronary artery disease and even atherosclerosis! According to studies Resveratrol can even help with our cholesterol and our blood pressure. (6)
  • CoQ10 is another amazing nutrient when it comes to our heart. Studies have found numerous benefits for CoQ10 for heart health. These benefits include helping with blood pressure, signs of heart failure, enlarged heart and it can even help with ischemic heart disease or poor circulation to the heart. (7)
  • Omega 3s are one of the first things I recommend for helping with our cholesterol. According to the Mayo Clinic there is strong evidence that Omega 3s can help with lowering triglycerides and even help raise our HDL! There is also strong evidence that Omega 3s can help with our blood pressure. (8)
  • The next item I want to mention is Ribose Complex. Since I already did a product highlight on this amazing supplement I will simply direct you to my blog that highlights all the ways that Ribose complex is a heart healthy supplement.
  • Lastly I want to point out how important it is to monitor your blood work. If you notice any consistent changes such as a slow but consistent increase in cholesterol it is important to start making changes before it becomes “high”. As I always say prevention is best!

I will be moving on from this topic, but I want to remind everyone that Invite nutritionists are always available to help answer any questions you may have.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/life-after-a-heart-attack/lifestyle-changes-for-heart-attack-prevention
  2. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-aids/l-theanine-for-sleep#:~:text=L%2Dtheanine%20is%20also%20sold,for%20high%20quality%2C%20restful%20sleep.
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3703169/
  4. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.313348
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9317652/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6413130/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6131403/
  8. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-fish-oil/art-20364810#:~:text=There’s%20strong%20evidence%20that%20omega,%22)%20cholesterol%20also%20was%20observed.

Reds Hx… for our heart!

Reds Hx… for our heart!

Reds Hx… for our heart! Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND   I wanted to talk about Reds Hx next because it’s really the perfect partner to Greens Hx. Since Reds Hx is so full of heart healthy nutrients I am going to jump right into things 

MACA ROOT: THE LIBIDO BOOSTER

MACA ROOT: THE LIBIDO BOOSTER

MACA ROOT: THE LIBIDO BOOSTER By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT   Maca Root is a very interesting nutrient that many people aren’t familiar with but is incredibly versatile. It can be found in a powder, in a capsule form (Maca Root) or even as 

Cardiomegaly- best known as an Enlarged Heart

Cardiomegaly- best known as an Enlarged Heart

Cardiomegaly- best known as an Enlarged Heart

Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

 

What is cardiomegaly? Well basically cardiomegaly means that when doctors look at your heart on routine tests such as a chest x ray the heart is larger than it should be. There are a number of different conditions that can cause cardiomegaly. Depending on what has caused the cardiomegaly the enlarged heart may be temporary or it may become permanent. To see the difference between a typical heart and an enlarged heart please see the attached picture. (1)

There are 2 types of cardiomegaly. The main type is called dilated cardiomegaly. In this type the walls of both of the sides of heart, specifically the ventricle area become thin and stretched out and thus the heart becomes enlarged. It’s like when you stretch out the elastic area of socks and they become bigger. The other type of cardiomegaly is called hypertrophic cardiomegaly which is where the muscles of the left ventricle of the heart become larger. In this case the enlarged size of the muscles causes the heart to be larger because there’s literally more heart muscle there. In this case it is like measuring the biceps on someone who hasn’t lifted weights and coming back 6 months after training and the biceps are bigger. While both types of cardiomegaly decrease the ability of the heart to function having an enlarged heart due to thick walls will allow the heart to retain more of its pumping function than having thin, stretched out walls. (2) Please see the attached picture to see the difference between the 2. (5)

Cardiomegaly has a number of different causes. First it may be caused by a congenital heart defect. Alcohol/ cocaine use can lead to an enlarged heart. Certain chronic conditions such as Diabetes, obesity, pulmonary hypertension, thyroid disease (both under and over active), chronic kidney disease, anemia and coronary artery disease.   Having a prior history of heart attack, high blood pressure and fluid around the heat can also lead to an increase in heart size. Certain viruses can cause what is referred to as myocarditis which can lead to an enlarged heart. If there is damage to any of the 4 heart valves this can change the blood flow and lead to an enlargement of the heart. Cardiac amyloids can lead to amyloid proteins collecting in the body’s organs including the heart and this can lead to an enlargement of the heart size. During pregnancy there may be an increase in heart size around time of delivery. Interesting having either too little iron or too much iron can cause an enlarged heart. Lastly there may be an enlargement of the heart if there is a layer of fat around the heart. Frequent aerobic exercise can also enlarge the size of the heart. (2)

Cardiomegaly may or may not have any symptoms. The symptoms of cardiomegaly can include breathing difficulty such as shortness of breath. There may be dizziness. You may also notice arrhythmias.  There may be heart palpitations. There may also be fluid retention. (3) In some cases there may be coughing due to chest pain.

What are the possible complications of cardiomegaly? Possible complications include blood clots, heart failure and the development of a heart murmur. Lastly having an enlarged heart can increase the risk of cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. (4)

How can we improve heart function if there is cardiomegaly? First it is very important to address any underlying conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. If you need repair surgery such as heart valve surgery or coronary bypass it is important to follow up with your cardiologist. Other life style changes can include maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure, diet and reducing alcohol or tobacco intake. (4)  In addition to life style there are a number of supplements can help our heart.

Supplements

  1. CoQ10 has been found in so many studies to help with our heart health and risk factors to our heart health (such as blood pressure). In fact studies have found that CoQ10 can help with the symptoms of cardiomegaly such as fatigue and difficulty breathing. (6) Please see Invites CoQ10 Ubiquinol  120mg and our Oral Q10!
  2. D Ribose has been found in studies to help the heart to pump better even though it is enlarged. Specifically D Ribose was found to increase what is known as “ejection fraction” or how much blood the heart can pump with one go. (7) Please see Invite’s Ribose Complex
  3. Magnesium is another interesting supplement. In fact studies have found a correlation between magnesium deficiency and increased left ventricular mass. In other words the greater the magnesium deficiency the larger the heart. (8) Please see Invite’s extensive line of magnesium
  4. Resveratrol has been found in studies to help slow the development of cardiomegaly.(9) Please see Invites Resveratrol and Resveratrol Max
  5. For our product highlight I’ll be doing the partner to our Greens Hx, its buddy Reds Hx!

 

 

Sources

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/enlarged-heart/symptoms-causes/syc-20355436
  2. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/enlarged-heart-causes-symptoms-types
  3. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/heart-disease-enlarged-heart#symptoms-of-an-enlarged-heart
  4. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320591
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2215098615302482
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6131403/
  7. https://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2008/5/d-ribose-energize-your-heart-save-your-life#:~:text=These%20researchers%20also%20showed%20that,and%20pumping%20blood%20more%20effectively.
  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21703623/
  9. https://academic.oup.com/ajh/article/23/2/192/2281974